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Around the Halls: February 15 - 17, 2010

By Eric Richardson
Published: Monday, February 15, 2010, at 09:47AM
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Today is Monday, February 15, and City offices are closed today for President's Day. When City Council returns on Tuesday, Councilmembers will be continuing their trend of short agendas and long meetings as they hammer away at the City's deficit.

MONDAY: City offices are closed.

TUESDAY: Council and five committees are in session.

At Council, the budget is again the main topic of conversation. The agenda is only nine items long, with another ten items in a supplementary posting. These meetings have been marathon sessions of late, so don't expect anything to be different here.

At Education and Neighborhoods, the topic of neighborhood council funding was considered likely enough to produce a crowd that the session will be held in Council chambers. The committee is considering several items in 09-0600-S159, one of which would eliminate the ability for NC funds to roll over from one year to the next, another that would get rid of the NC bank cards, requiring all purchases to be demand warrants, and a final one that would cut NC funding in half next year.

WEDNESDAY: Council returns, with four committees.

Housing Community and Economic Development will hold a joint meeting with Budget & Finance at 8:30am. The meeting is noticed as a Special Meeting of the City Council, because the two committees each have five members and therefore it is possible that there could be a quorum present. The topic is CF 09-2665, the city's Housing and Community Development Consolidated Plan.

The Convention Center public-private partnership plan is scheduled for Trade, Commerce and Tourism committee as CF 09-0600-S159. Council voted last week to move forward on preparation of an RFP.

Again, Council has a nine-item agenda, with all discussion slated for CF 10-0247, a Council File acting as sort of an omnibus budget item.

At Public Works committee, CF 08-3167 is a proposed ordinance that would require all restaurants with sidewalk dining to get a permit from the city and pay a fee that would support enforcement.


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